Gorilla trekking Uganda is African unique adventure and it attracts thousands of tourists annually to learn and understand the nature and behaviors of gorillas in Uganda.
The beauty about this is that Mountain gorillas are only found in East Africa in three countries (Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo) and whoever wants to see has to make it to one of these countries.
Gorillas in Uganda are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mabinga National park. In both the national parks, the government of Uganda ensures security due to continuous visits that happen in these areas.
World statistics revealed that there are close to 1004 Mountain gorillas in the world of which 400 are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda making Uganda a unique place for tourists to enjoy Gorilla trekking.
The best month for gorilla trekking in Uganda are June to September as well as December to February. This is attributed to the rains that interrupt tourism in the rest of the months.
Gorillas are the largest apes in the world after bonobos and chimpanzees and scientific history concludes that they are related to man.
Science further reveals that gorillas’ genetic codes are related to the one of humans by a percentage of 98% and also behave like humans.
There are different types of gorillas in the world and all of them. In Africa, gorillas are in two populations; one population lives in Central Africa and the other one in Bwindi in Uganda where gorilla safaris support tourists conduct trekking.
Often times Gorillas live in groups under the leadership of a silverback. However, under some circumstances, it is possible for a group of gorillas to be led by two related silverbacks though such cases are rare.
Both male and female gorillas reach sexual maturity and different age; the females reach maturity at 10 age while males at 15 age.
There are 4 major trekking regions in Bwindi in Uganda;
- The first one is the eastern region called Ruhija which compraises families like Kyaguliro, Bitukura, Oruzongo, and Mukiza.
- The northern region is called Buhoma with gorilla groups such as Habinyanja, Katwe, Mubare and Rushegura
- Southern region is called Nkuringo with groups like Christmas, Nkuringo and Bushaho
- Rushaga region is the last region with families like Kutu, Bikingi, Mishaya, Busingye, Kahungye, Rwigi, Bweza, Nshongi and Mucunguzi gorilla group.
Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
This national park is found in the southern part of Uganda. It is 8-10 hours drive from the city center. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m).
The Park is about 10 km south of Kisoro and is bordered to the south by the Republic of Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Securing a permit for Gorilla trekking Uganda
It takes a permit to do gorilla trekking in Uganda and it is advisable to get one at least 5 months prior to visiting Uganda.
Between June – September it is peak time and getting permits during these months. You can secure a permit through http://friendsnaturesafaris.com/ which is a trusted tour and travel company in Uganda.
Final note on Gorilla trekking Uganda
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